16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence: Call to Action
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16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence: Call to Action

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Warm greetings from Toronto!

The 16 days of activism against gender violence run from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and end on December 10, International Human Rights Day. These dates symbolically link violence against women and human rights, and emphasize that such violence is a human rights violation.

WACC is asking its networks and friends to participate in takebackthetech campaign to end online violence against women and girls. The campaign is organised by APC Women, a global network that supports women networking for social change and women’s empowerment through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The focus of the campaign during the 16 Days this year is to map and build evidence of technology-related violence against girls and women.

Please go to www.takebackthetech.net/mapit to map your stories of technology-related violence against women and girls. Document stories that have appeared in your local news about:

  • Culturally-justified violence against women (25 November)
  • Online harassment and cyberstalking (28 November)
  • Intimate partner violence (1 December)
  • Sexual assault and rape (4 December)
  • Violence targeting communities because of their gender or sexual identity and politics (7 December)

These are stories related to violence against girls and women through the internet, mobile phones or other technologies. Mapping and building evidence supports advocacy and action to end such violence.  Join with others to document cases that have appeared in the news in your country.

The online mapping platform will be launched on 25 November on the takebackthetech site, with detailed instructions on how to take action and document your stories.

To learn more about the campaign, watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/user/takebackthetech#p/a/u/0/DCwK8Y1Unr4

Read about the campaign and other ways to participate at http://www.takebackthetech.net/take-action/2011/11/15.

For more information, please contact Terry Mutuku at MT@waccglobal.org or APC women at info@takebackthetech.net.

Sincerely,

Karin Achtelstetter
General Secretary

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